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Richard Benda papers

 Collection
Identifier: PIMS-0034

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Scope and Contents

The Richard Benda papers, approximately 1950-2000, contain manuscript notebooks and transcriptions of Benda's teaching material concerned with the Schillinger system of musical composition. Also included are pedagogical materials in the form of notes, recordings, and an unpublished supplement to the Schillinger system. Materials were created in approximately the 1950s.

Dates

  • Creation: Approximately 1950-2000

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Peabody Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.

Biographical / Historical

Richard Benda (1908-1978), born Richard Bender, was a music arranger, composer, pianist and teacher. He studied with Joseph Schillinger for five years and was one of only a few students who were personally authorized to teach the Schillinger system of musical composition. He created a teaching program that is widely recognized as having made the system’s applications practical and approachable. Benda taught at the New School for Social Research and the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He also regularly wrote articles in the International Musician about the Schillinger system, sharing his education and research.

Extent

6.57 Cubic Feet (14 containers)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Richard Benda was a pianist and teacher of the Joseph Schillinger system of musical composition. The Richard Benda papers contain manuscript notebooks and transcriptions of his teaching material concerned with the Schillinger system. Also included are pedagogical materials in the form of notes, recordings, and an unpublished supplement to the Schillinger system.

Arrangement

Notebooks in Series 1 were originally accompanied by the folders in Series 2. These material were separated during processing. Contact the Peabody Archives for the original order. The Schillinger Studies notebooks in Series 1 were originally housed in binders. These have been removed from the binders and placed in folders. All material remains in original order.

Other Finding Aids

A list of cross-references between series 1 and 2 exists offline. Please contact the Peabody Archives for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Rose Bender, wife of Richard Benda, in 2005.

Related Materials

The Joseph Schillinger papers are available for use at the Peabody Archives. Contact peabodyarchives@lists.jh.edu for more information.

Processing Information

Processed by Tracey Melhuish in approximately 2009.

Title
Guide to the Richard Benda papers
Author
Kerri Sheehan
Date
2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Contact:
Peabody Institute
1 E. Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore MD 21202 USA